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the tax were applied this week, it would bring the gas price to more than $1.43
per litre. If the base fuel price were the same four years from now, it would
be about $1.56 per litre, according to the government’s own estimates. On a
26-gallon (98 litre) tank, that’s an additional $12.75 per fill-up.
critics of the carbon tax suggest that the tax is ill-advised, given the huge
impact already being felt in rural areas of the province. They argue that the
skyrocketing cost of gas is already encouraging people to use less gas, and that
the carbon tax is unnecessary given the fact that it is revenue neutral and
will be offset by other tax cuts instead of being used to build a renewable
course driving isn’t the only option. There’s always the Whistler and Valley
Express Transit System, a service funded jointly by the Resort Municipality of
Whistler and BC Transit.
a $50 monthly pass, use it exclusively for all your transport needs, and you
could shave a good $150 off your monthly gas expenses. You can also claim it on
your tax return, provided you keep the pass itself and the receipt.
course, relying solely on public transit requires you to weigh some important
factors, namely cost against convenience. And the WAVE system can certainly
leave something to be desired for commuters living far outside the Whistler
Squamish residents for example. Those who work in Whistler only have four times
a day each way to get to and from work in Whistler on public transit. In the
morning you need to catch the Squamish commuter at either 6:15 a.m. or 6:35
a.m. if you’re leaving from the Squamish Chieftain centre. It’s also $5 per
home at the end of the day leaves you with two options on the transit commuter:
4:40 p.m. or 5:10 p.m. from the Gondola Transit Exchange. Bad idea, it would
seem, to stay late for overtime unless you’re willing to take a Greyhound, an
option that’s almost $10 each way.
Transit did not return a call for commentary on whether its fares would be
increasing with the carbon tax. A spokesman for the B.C. Ministry of Finance
said that all businesses and organizations using fossil fuels would be subject
to it, and that includes B.C. Transit.